Norfolk Citizens Police Academy

Norfolk Citizens Police Academy


GANGS, CRIMINAL AND
NARCOTICS INVESTIGATIONS, FORENSICS MANY, K9 PATROL, YOU
CAN LEARN ALL ABOUT THAT AND POUR WHEN YOU ENROLL — MORE
WHEN YOU ENROLL IN THE NORFOLK CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY.
OFFICER JET SAMIENTO HAS DETAILS ABOUT THE 2016 FALL SESSION AND
JOINING HIM IS GINA MONTOUR, A PROUD CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY
GRADUATE AND A MEMBER OF CPAN. I KNOW THIS ACADEMY IS NOT
UNKNOWN TO MANY PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY, BUT FOR THOSE OF YOU
WHO DON’T KNOW ABOUT IT, IT’S VERY POPULAR AND THE ACADEMY
THAT YOU ARE INVOLVED IN TEAMS PEOPLE A LOT ABOUT — TEACHES
PEOPLE A LOT ABOUT WHAT GOES ON IN A POLICE DEPARTMENT, WHICH
MOST PEOPLE MAKE ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT, AND IT CAN CHANGE THE
PERCEPTION OF WHO YOU ARE AND WHO THESE OFFICERS ARE FOR THE
BETTER.>>ABSOLUTELY.
YES, I HOPE SO.>>Jan: HOW MANY PEOPLE DO YOU
GENERALLY ENROLL?>>WE NORMALLY GO UNTIL 40, 40
PEOPLE, ONLY BECAUSE WE HAVE TO LIMIT IT TO THAT BECAUSE WHEN WE
GO TO THE JAIL TOUR, THAT IS THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT THEY ARE ALLOWED
TO HAVE IN THERE.>>Jan: DO YOU LEAVE ANYBODY AT
THE JAIL AFTER THE TOUR? [ LAUGHTER ]
>>FORTUNATELY NOT.>>Jan: I HAD TO ASK.
IT’S A JAIL TOUR, LIKE, OH, YEAH, THAT’S JUST ONE OF THE
THINGS WE DO, BUT FOR SOMEBODY THAT HAS NOT REALLY BEEN TO A
JAIL, THIS IS GOING TO BE AN EYE-OPENING EXPERIENCE.
>>ABSOLUTELY, I AGREE WITH YOU. WHAT I CAN REMEMBER, FIRST OF
ALL, THE OLDEST PERSON THAT EVER ATTENDED CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY
WAS 101 YEARS OLD AND SHE ACTUALLY TOOK THE JAIL TOUR.
WHILE WE WERE IN THE JAIL TOUR, A FEW OF INMATES ACTUALLY ACTED
OUT AND BLEW AN RAMEN NOODLES POWDER THAT ACTED AS AN AGENT TO
BURN YOUR EYES, AND SHE TOOK IT AND A LOT OF PEOPLE HAD TEARS IN
THEIR EYES, BUT MS. McBRIDE, SHE TOOK IT.
VERY BRAVE.>>Jan: WELL, YOU DON’T TURN 101
YEARS OLD WITHOUT HAVING LEARNED A FEW THINGS.
>>ABSOLUTELY. I AGREE.
>>Jan: SO THERE’S A REALITY CHECK IN A LOT OF THIS TOO.
>>YES.>>Jan: THIS IS NOT PRETTY, IT
IS THE FACTS, AND VERY PRACTICAL INFORMATION.
>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>Jan: SO YOU TAKE THEM ON
TOURS, WHICH IS THEM BEING ABLE TO SEE SOME OF THE THINGS YOU
TALK ABOUT, BUT YOU ALSO HAVE LECTURES, CORRECT?
>>ABSOLUTELY. WE ACTUALLY TAKE A COUPLE TOURS.
FIRST WE GO TO — WE HAVE PARTNERSHIPS WITH THE NORFOLK
AIRPORT POLICE. THEY TEACH US THEIR PROCEDURES
AND THE WAY THEY HANDLE THINGS, AND WHEN WE’RE AT THE AIRPORT,
THEY ACTUALLY COME AND TALK TO THE CLASS AS WELL.
THE OTHER PARTNERSHIPS WE HAVE IS, OF COURSE, THE NORFOLK
SHERIFF’S OFFICE DOING THE JAIL TOUR, AND THE OTHER ONE THAT WE
DO IS THE PISTOL RANGE WHERE WE ACTUALLY GO TO THE RANGE AND
THEY LEARN HOW TO SAFELY HANDLE A GUN AND THEY GET TO PRACTICE
ON OUR VIRTUAL MACHINE, WHICH ACTUALLY PUTS THEM IN OUR SHOES
AND DETERMINES WHETHER TO SHOOT OR NOT TO SHOOT.
>>Jan: WOW.>>IN CERTAIN SITUATIONS.
>>Jan: THAT HAS GOT TO BE PRETTY JARRING, I MEAN, TO
EXPERIENCE THAT FOR THE FIRST TIME.
GINA, YOU’VE BEEN THROUGH THE POLICE ACADEMY, SO YOU’VE
EXPERIENCED SOME OF THOSE THINGS AND HOW WAS IT FOR YOU WHEN YOU
WENT THROUGH THIS? DID YOU LEARN THINGS YOU DIDN’T
KNOW OR WAS THIS ALL JUST SORT OF LIKE —
>>ABSOLUTELY, ABSOLUTELY.>>Jan: WHAT SURPRISED YOU?
IS THERE ANYTHING THAT REALLY, YOU TOOK WITH YOU THAT YOU
JUST –>>THE COURSE WAS DEFINITELY
EYE-OPENING FOR ME, AND EACH WEEK, WE HAD A DIFFERENT
DIVISION COME TALK ABOUT WHAT THEIR EXPERTISE WAS, WHETHER IT
WAS FORENSICS OR HOMICIDE, THE BOMB SQUAD.
EACH WEEK, YOU LEARNED MORE AND MORE, AND YOU BECAME SO ABSORBED
IN IT, BUT YOU WANTED TO BE THERE AND YOU WANTED TO LEARN
MORE. THE THINGS THAT REALLY STOOD OUT
FOR ME WAS DEFINITELY THE JAIL TOUR.
I MEAN, THAT WAS DEFINITELY A BIG EYE-OPENER, AND HOMICIDE WAS
A LITTLE SHOCKING TO ME AND GROTESQUE AT TIMES BECAUSE THEY
GAVE YOU THE REAL STUFF, SHOWED YOU —
>>Jan: NOTHING EDITED.>>– REAL PICTURES AND TALKED
ABOUT REAL SCENARIOS, AND IT GAVE ME A WHOLE NEW APPRECIATION
ON WHAT JET AND ALL THE OTHER OFFICERS AND INSPECTORS AND
DETECTIVES HAVE TO DEAL WITH ON AN EVERYDAY BASIS.
IT WAS VERY INSPIRING.>>Jan: AND I’M SURE VERY
SOBERING, TOO, WHEN YOU REALIZE JUST HOW DANGEROUS THE JOB CAN
BE, BUT WHAT IT IS THAT THEY’RE DOING FOR EACH OTHER.
IT’S ALSO DESIGNED TO KIND OF STRENGTHEN THE BONDS BETWEEN OUR
COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, WHICH IS ACTUALLY
KIND OF A CLEAR GOAL.>>ABSOLUTELY.
>>Jan: BUT THAT CAN BE PASSED ON FROM THEM TO OTHER PEOPLE AND
YOU GET PEOPLE COMING IN, I’M SURE, WHO TALKED TO FOLKS WHO
HAVE ALREADY BEEN.>>WITH ALL THE POLICE-INVOLVED
SHOOTINGS AND THE WAY THE MEDIA HAS PORTRAYED THE POLICE
DEPARTMENT AND POLICE OFFICERS, THE CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY IS
VERY VITAL IN COMMUNITY POLICING, AND THAT IS OUR MAIN
GOAL IS TO BE CLOSER TO THE COMMUNITY AND FORM THAT BOND
WITH THEM, TO SHOW THEM WHAT WE GO THROUGH AND ONE OF THE
BENEFITS OF THE CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY IS YOU ALSO GET A
RIDE-ALONG, SO THAT WAY WHEN YOU HAVE A RIDE-ALONG WITH US, IT
COULD BE EITHER A BORING DAY OR YOU GET SOME EXCITEMENT FROM IT.
>>Jan: AND THE EXCITEMENT CAN BE SOMETHING.
WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE? WERE YOU ON A ROUTINE —
>>UNFORTUNATELY, I HAVE HAD NOT OPPORTUNITY TO DO MY RIDE-ON.
WHEN THE DATE COME UP, THERE WAS ANOTHER FAMILY MATTER THAT I
COULDN’T.>>Jan: OH, THAT’S OKAY.
IF YOU JOIN UP, YOU CAN EXPERIENCE IT AND YOU JUST DON’T
KNOW WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN BECAUSE THAT’S THE WAY IT REALLY
IS.>>YES, IT IS.
>>Jan: INSTEAD OF WHAT YOU THINK IT IS OR HAVE HEARD ABOUT
OR NEVER EVEN THOUGHT ABOUT. I IMAGINE THAT THERE ARE CERTAIN
THINGS THAT JUST NEVER OCCURRED TO YOU THAT THEY HANDLE, ALL A
PART OF AN INVESTIGATION WHICH CAN BE QUITE INCREDIBLE, AND
WITH TECHNOLOGY BEING WHAT IT IS, IT DOES REALLY KIND OF
CHANGE OUT WHAT HAS BEEN DONE IN THE PAST.
>>YES.>>Jan: BUT YOU STILL HAVE TO
HAVE THAT HUMAN FACTOR, WHICH IS THE POLICE OFFICER.
>>YES, YES.>>ABSOLUTELY.
>>Jan: NOW, THIS PROGRAM IS OFFERED A COUPLE OF TIMES?
>>YES, IT IS ACTUALLY OFFERED TWICE A YEAR, FALL, DURING THE
FALL AND DURING THE SPRING. WE RUN IT FOR 13 WEEKS.
IT CONSISTS OF SOME OF THE CLASSES, LIKE I SAID EARLIER,
THE AIRPORT TOUR, THE JAIL TOUR, PISTOL RANGE, CIU, CENTRAL
INTELLIGENCE UNIT WILL COME AND SPEAK TO YOU, FORENSICS WILL
COME, HOMICIDE, AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT, A LOT OF PEOPLE AS WELL
ARE VERY INTERESTED IN THE WAY THE DISPATCHING SYSTEM WORKS AND
THAT’S ONE OF THE CLASSES AS WELL.
IT’S EVERY THURSDAY FROM 6:30 TO 9:30.
>>Jan: SO EVERY WEEK FOR –>>13 WEEKS, CORRECT.
AND THE NEXT — WE ARE CURRENTLY, WE HAVE TWO MORE
WEEKS LEFT ON THIS CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY.
>>Jan: YOU’RE ABOUT TO GRADUATE THEN.
>>YES, NEXT WEEK IS GRADUATION AND THE NEXT ONE IS ON APRIL —
I’M SORRY, AUGUST 25th UNTIL NOVEMBER 17th.
>>Jan: OKAY, SO THE NEXT ONE IS COMING UP AND IT WILL BE COMING
UP A LOT FASTER THAN YOU THINK. TIME DOES FLY WHEN YOU’RE HAVING
FUN. SO IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN
GETTING INVOLVED AND ATTENDING THE POLICE ACADEMY, YOU NEED TO
GIVE THEM A CALL AND CALL OFFICER JET SAMIENTO OR EMAIL
HIM, AND LET HIM KNOW YOU’RE INTERESTED.
ARE THERE CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS THAT YOU ARE — ELIGIBILITY
REQUIREMENTS YOU NEED TO MEET IN ORDER TO BE ENROLLED?
>>THERE’S ONLY TWO. DUE TO SOME OF THE GRAPHIC
THINGS THAT THEY LEARN, YOU HAVE TO BE 18 YEARS OLD AND ABOVE.
BECAUSE THE FACT THAT WE GO TO THE PISTOL RANGE, SO YOU SHOULD
NOT BE CONVICTED OF ANY FELONIES.
THOSE ARE THE ONLY TWO QUALIFICATIONS.
BE 18 YEARS OLD AND UP AND NO FELONY CONVICTIONS.
>>Jan: OKAY, GREAT. DO YOU GET A WIDE VARIETY OF
PEOPLE THAT ATTEND THESE?>>YES.
ALL RACES, ALL AGE FROM 18 ALL THE WAY TO 101.
>>Jan: 101, THAT IS PRETTY AMAZING!
AS A MEMBER OF ONE OF THE CLASSES, I TAKE IT YOU MEET A
LOT OF PEOPLE THROUGH THIS THAT YOU WOULD HAVE NOT MET
OTHERWISE.>>EXACTLY, EXACTLY.
I’VE HAD TWO PEOPLE FROM OUR CIVIC LEAGUE WHO ATTENDED THE
CLASS WITH ME, AND THEN THERE WERE OTHER CITIZENS FROM OTHER
COMMUNITIES THAT I DID NOT MEET UNTIL THEN.
>>Jan: WELL, GREAT. WELL, EVERYBODY HAS THAT KIND OF
COMMON BOND, WHICH IS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT.
>>YES, YES.>>Jan: AND SO IT GOES ON.
>>IT GOES ON.>>Jan: AND IT’S POPULAR.
>>AND BECAUSE OF THE CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY, MS. MONTOUR,
SHE’LL LET YOU KNOW WHAT SHE DOES, WHICH HELPS ACTUALLY
FORMULATE THE YOUTH ACADEMY, WHICH I RUN IN HER SCHOOL.
WE’LL HAVE TO TALK ABOUT THAT, MS. MONTOUR.
>>Jan: YOU HAVE A YOUTH ACADEMY IN —
>>THE YOUTH ACADEMY, BECAUSE I ATTENDED THE CITIZENS POLICE
ACADEMY, THERE WAS DEFINITELY COMPONENTS IN THERE THAT I
THOUGHT OUR STUDENTS WOULD DEFINITELY BENEFIT FROM AND MANY
YEARS AGO, THE NORFOLK POLICE DEPARTMENT HAD A PROGRAM CALLED
THE DARE PROGRAM WHERE THEY CAME OUT TO THE SCHOOLS AND GAVE THE
STUDENTS INSIGHTS ON DOS AND DON’TS AND THAT KIND OF STUFF,
AND TAKING SOME OF THE COMPONENTS FROM THE CITIZENS
POLICE ACADEMY, INCORPORATING THEM INTO A YOUTH PROGRAM AND I
MENTIONED TO JET AND HIS PARTNER.
I SAID, YOU KNOW, SOME OF OUR STUDENTS DEFINITELY WOULD
BENEFIT FROM THESE CLASSES AND GIVE THEM INSIGHT AS THEY’RE
GETTING OLDER, WHAT TO LOOK FOR AND THINGS THAT THEY NEED TO
REPORT, SAFETY PURPOSES, THAT KIND OF STUFF.
AND SINCE THEN, I THINK WE’VE HAD FIVE, FIVE ACADEMIES AT OUR
SCHOOL, AND SAME CONCEPT. WE TAKE UP TO 40 STUDENTS,
FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADERS. SOME OF THEM ENJOYED IT SO MUCH
THEY REPEAT THE COURSE.>>Jan: THAT’S GREAT.
>>IT’S AN AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM FOR AN HOUR.
THE PARENTS COME OUT AND PICK THEM UP AND THIS YEAR, WE HAD
ONE PARENT THAT ACTUALLY PARTICIPATED AND CAME EACH AND
EVERY WEEK BECAUSE HE WAS DEFINITELY INTERESTED AND I’M
HOPING HE SIGNED UP FOR THE CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY.
>>Jan: SO IT ALL COMES AROUND. THIS IS GREAT, TO START THEM
YOUNG AND ALL BECAUSE OF THIS. THAT WAS A GREAT WAY TO REVIVE
SOMETHING THAT USED TO BE AND CARRY IT FORWARD.
SO I APPRECIATE YOU SHARING THIS WONDERFUL INFORMATION.
NOW YOU JUST NEED TO CALL AND SEE ABOUT ENROLLING AND FIND OUT
MORE ABOUT THE YOUTH ACADEMY TOO.
>>YES.>>Jan: THANK YOU.
WHETHER YOU WANT TO LEARN — OR RATHER EARN YOUR HIGH SCHOOL
DIPLOMA OR COLLEGE DEGREE, WE’LL HAVE SOME OPTIONS FOR YOU TO
CONSIDER WHEN WE RETURN.

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